freebsd or linux

Alejandro Imass aimass at
Tue Dec 11 05:51:45 UTC 2018

On Mon, Dec 10, 2018 at 11:18 PM Doug McIntyre <merlyn at> wrote:

> You can find bits and pieces all over on the history.
> [...]

Wow!  Thanks A LOT for taking the time to answer. I kew a few of these
things and have picked up bits and pieces as well but you answered some
questions I have never seen explained elsewhere.

Some things are curious though. The initial release date of NeXT is 1989
(derived from  4.3BSD-Tahoe released in 1988) but I think that it still had
some AT&T code in it so you still had to obtain a license from AT&T to run
any form of BSD. So AT&T did license to NeXT in one form or another after
all ;-)

So I guess that bottom line is that were few options (if any) for Jobs in

The other curious thing and somewhat unrelated (or not?) is how close
386BSD FreeBSD were to Linux (both in '91, FreeBSD actually '92). So if
only for a few months, Linux would probably not exist. But I wonder if the
whole Free Software-later-Open Source movement would have played out in
much the same way. Ironically, FreeBSD is more free than "Free Software"
per the FSF-GPL.


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